- If someone in your family talks about clean eating, tell them there is no such thing. It's all a big marketing scam. (Okay, this one might turn into a fight. Sorry).
- Does someone in your family enjoy hunting and fishing? Bring up the conservation of public lands (listen to this podcast)
- Learn some fun facts to change the subject (just in case things get tense) from the database: What America Ate.
- Talk about Genetically Modified Foods, and why public opinion differs so drastically from scientific opinion on the subject. Should we label?
- If a relative starts droning on about dieting, remind them of the importance of intuitive eating and healthy food attitudes. Or, if they must talk about diet, tell them to talk about this one.
Since this is a political science blog, let's talk about politics and the holidays. The cliche is families that fight about politics over turkey. If you're not sure how politics will be received at home, take this quiz: Should you talk about politics over the holidays? Let me suggest, however, that instead of getting into a fight you might consider switching the topic to Food Politics! Need some ideas?
Clare Brock is a professor of American Politics and Public Policy at TWU. She works primarily in the areas of food policy, lobbying, and money in politics.