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Some thoughts on synthetics:
-Is the chemically identical but synthetic version of a substance inherently better or worse than the naturally produced one?
-Are there ever benefits to synthetics, like being able to make vanillin with the lab instead of from rare imported orchids, or micas that can be made with no risk of contamination?
For me, I think a chemical is a chemical no matter how it got there, and I think that the synthetic form of something can have definite benefits over the natural version.