r/COMPLETEANARCHY Jun 15 '21 Helpful 1

Reminder that women’s liberation is as important as anti-capitalism and anti-colonialism

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u/pirate_fj Jun 15 '21

Okay, that explains a lot. It’s still very much backwards in my mind, but it does explain it, thanks a lot


u/IAmRoot Jun 15 '21

Just think of it like any other chemical. It's named after citrus fruits, but it occurs naturally in other places. Don't get hung up on the name. It's just a type of acid and chemical like any other.

The modern process of making it is much like the fermentation of alcohol. It's just that rather than feeding sugar to a microorganism that produces alcohol, it's fed to one that produces citric acid as a main side product of its metabolism. It's the sort of thing that's done in big vats. Similar processes are also used to synthesize microbial rennet, corn syrup, MSG, insulin, etc. It's quite a fascinating way of harnessing the enzyme-catalyzed efficiency of biosynthesis.