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Christine S. Escobar is a Chicago based writer and the founder of Green Parent Chicago, the online destination for eco-friendly, off the mainstream green living and natural family living news in Chicago.

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a background in journalism, she writes about the media and politics on Modern English, labor and work on Working Life and is one of the blogging moms of MOMocrats. Her political writing has also been featured on Alternet.

Entries by Christine Escobar

The Twisted Symbolism of a Hillary Clinton Presidency

(5) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 6:24 PM

No amount of spin can repackage the centrist, right-leaning 2008 Hillary Clinton into a 2016 progressive. American voters didn't want her in 2008 and as the last several primary contests show, many don't want her now.

Sure she's got the experience and qualifications of someone who knows how to...

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Letter Shows Sanders Led Early Warning to Clinton on Keystone Pipeline XL

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 2:28 PM

Nearly five years ago, a letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Patrick Leahy, and Sen. Ron Wyden, to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the State Department of a conflict of interest in the selection of Cardno Entrix, a private consulting firm, in conducting an environmental review...

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Who Would Speak For You?

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 9:19 PM

Hillary Clinton is banking on the hope that you are stupid. Bernie Sanders knows you aren't.

So ask yourself:

Who would speak for you?

Have you ever had to juggle expenses to pay down your medical bills? Did you have to walk away from your family home...

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World's Largest Rooftop Farm Opens on the South Side of Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 11:14 PM

Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens has announced the opening of their fourth greenhouse: a new facility located on Chicago's South Side in the historic Pullman neighborhood.

The rooftop of the Method Products manufacturing facility is the site of the new 75,000 square foot Chicago greenhouse,...

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Things to Consider When Your Child Asks for a Pet

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 5:19 PM

Finding the right pet for your family shouldn't be a decision that is taken lightly. As a parent, I can relate to the seemingly endless barrage of requests for a cat, a dog, a goldfish, or bird. It can be really tempting to give in to these requests, especially when...

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Creating Your Fall Eco-Minimalist Wardrobe

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 11:09 AM

The arrival of cooler temps often signal a reassessment of our wardrobe from light, breezy pieces to keep cool in, to heavier, cozier items that insulate better. Being an eco-minimalist style maven means not only choosing materials that are fairly traded and sweatshop free, but also choosing well made apparel...

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Class Dismissed: New Indie Documentary On Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

(8) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 11:46 AM

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A new independent film, now showing in select theaters on the West Coast and making its way to...

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More Than Ever, We Need to Rethink How to Live Our Lives in Meaningful Ways Without Excessive Spending

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 12:46 PM


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Growing up, your holiday may have meant a special dinner with...
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Victory! Proctor & Gamble to Eliminate Triclosan and DEP From Its Products

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:30 PM


Procter & Gamble has announced plans to eliminate the toxic chemicals triclosan and diethyl phthalate (DEP) from all its products by 2014.

P&G is one of the world's largest manufacturers of consumer products. Its line includes well-known household and personal care brands such as Cover Girl, Tide, Crest and...

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Book Review and Interview: Vegan is Love, the Newest Children's Book From Ruby Roth

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 1:13 PM

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Author/illustrator Ruby Roth's newly released children's book, Vegan is Love, has drawn plenty of praise from notable figures such as Jane Goodall, Gene...

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On Becoming a Car Free Family

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 5:06 PM

A little over 4 months ago, we lost our car to an accident. We could have replaced it, by taking the total loss check from our insurer and signing ourselves right up into another car loan. But we had just finished paying off our now demolished 2002 Honda...

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Should the FDA Have Stricter Regulations Around Homeopathic Products?

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 2:42 PM

The recent recall of Hyland's Teething Tablets exposes a major flaw in the FDA's regulation of homeopathic remedies: Makers of these products used by countless families are allowed to package the remedies however they see fit, even if that means without child-resistant caps.

This...

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"Radical Homemakers" Review and Interview with Author Shannon Hayes

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 10:18 AM

Radicalhomemakers It took just over half a century for the U.S. to shift from an agricultural model to an industrial based society. All the...

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Chicago One Step Closer to Becoming Largest "Fair Trade Town" in North America

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 6:30 PM

The Chicago City Council voted today to approve the Chicago Fair Trade resolution, an important first step in the effort to promote fair trade products in Chicago and fair labor conditions across the globe.

The city now meets the first of five requirements to become a...

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What If You Could Only See Good Ads Online?

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 1:10 PM

As regular readers of Green Parent Chicago know, we support a less commercialized childhood, favor a return to the outdoors and often feature discussion on pervasive marketing tactics invading our everyday life and destroying our connection to the natural world.

At Green Parent Chicago, from the start we made...

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What Consumers Can Do About Overdraft Fees

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2009 | 2:24 PM

Even if you don't want to admit it, even if you're embarrassed to admit it, you're very likely among the estimated 50 million Americans who have been overdrawn on their checking account in the course of any given year.

According to The Center for Responsible Lending, over 50...

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Recycle More, Earn Stuff: Incentive-Based Recycling Comes to Chicago

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 7:14 PM

Mayor Richard Daley announced Saturday the start of a new initiative aimed at increasing recycling efforts through the city's Blue Cart recycling program.

Under the RecycleBank program, households will be encouraged to increase their recycling to receive rewards based on the amount of recyclables they generate. RecycleBank will measure...

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Talking With Ruby Roth, Vegan Children's Book Author

(13) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 7:00 PM

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Ruby Roth, a former elementary school art teacher, has published a children's book about the suffering animals face in factory farm operations for the sake of our food supply.

Endorsed by Jane Goodall, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals (NorthAtlantic/RandomHouse) has been described...

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He's Back! Former VP at Monsanto To Advise FDA Commissioner on Food Safety

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2009 | 3:58 PM

Michael R. Taylor, the former Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto has returned through Washington's revolving doors and will now advise FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg on food safety.

We learn of this discouraging connection on the same day the White House announced its new commitment to...

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The Tale of rBGH, Milk, Monsanto and the Organic Backlash

(12) Comments | Posted March 3, 2009 | 3:01 AM

Organic milk is now as readily available as conventional milk as more consumers and companies are recognizing its benefits and demand. A recent estimate by the USDA, says organic products are now available in nearly 20,000 natural food stores and nearly 3 of 4 conventional grocery stores.

If you and/or your children drink...

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