This book is based on the assumption that "organic has lost its way". Paradoxically, it comes at a time when we witness the continuing of growth in organic food production and markets around the world. Yet, the book claims that organic has lost sight of its first or fundamental philosophical principles and ontological assumptions. The collection offers empirically grounded discussions that address the principles and fundamental assumptions of organic farming and marketing practices. The book draws attention to the core principles of organic and offers different clearly articulated and well-defined conceptual frameworks that offer new insights into organic practices. Divided into five parts, the book presents new perspectives on enduring issues, examines standards and certification, gives insights into much-discussed and additional market and consumer issues, and reviews the interplay of organic and conventional farming. The book concludes with a framework for rethinking ethics in the organic movement and reflections on the positioning of organic ethics.
Success in an experimental science such as chemistry depends on good laboratory practice, a knowledge of basic techniques, and the intelligent and careful handling of chemicals. <p> <i>Practical Organic Synthesis</i> is a concise, useful guide to good laboratory practice in the organic chemistry lab with hints and tips on successful organic synthesis. Topics covered include: <ul> <li>safety in the laboratory <li>environmentally responsible handling of chemicals and solvents <li>crystallisation <li>distillation <li>chromatographic methods <li>extraction and work-up <li>structure determination by spectroscopic methods <li>searching the chemical literature <li>laboratory notebooks <li>writing a report <li>hints on the synthesis of organic compounds <li>disposal and destruction of dangerous materials <li>drying and purifying solvents </ul> <p> <i>Practical Organic Synthesis</i> is based on a successful course in basic organic chemistry laboratory practice which has run for several years at the ETH, Zurich and the University of Berne, and its course book <i>Grundoperationen,</i> now in its sixth edition. <p> Condensing over 30 years of the authors’ organic laboratory teaching experience into one easy-to-read volume, <i>Practical Organic Synthesis</i> is an essential guide for those new to the organic chemistry laboratory, and a handy benchtop guide for practising organic chemists.
Class-tested by thousands of students and using simple equipment and green chemistry ideas, UNDERSTANDING THE PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: A LABORATORY COURSE includes 36 experiments that introduce traditional, as well as recently developed synthetic methods. Offering up-to-date and novel experiments not found in other lab manuals, this innovative book focuses on safety, gives students practice in the basic techniques used in the organic lab, and includes microscale experiments, many drawn from the recent literature. An Online Instructor's Manual available on the book's instructor's companion website includes helpful information, including instructors' notes, pre-lab meeting notes, experiment completion times, answers to end-of-experiment questions, video clips of techniques, and more.