Why is it that so much bad, unhealthy food is stocked in North Country supermarkets? As citizens we need to demand higher quality and eat better. For example, in the local Potsdam supermarket I found high fructose corn syrup as an additive to canned beets, bread/hotdog rolls, frozen meatballs and ketchup, only to name a few. Why do we need corn sugar in these foods, to support already subsidized corn farmers? I have a hard time finding food for my family that does not have high fructose corn syrup or other unhealthy additives, such as MSG. I have lived in other communities in which markets offer many more healthy foods. We allow the food industry to poison less affluent communities and to kill those who have less money with obesity and heart disease. Why is everyone drinking soda at meals instead of water? Obesity is a problem here; so are obesity-related illnesses. We need to wake up and demand that the supermarkets stock more high-quality foods and less junk. Yes, farmers’ markets and local food are a solution but they are not open all year.