Estimation of prenatal exposure to glyphosate using maternal exposure assessment techniques
Date of Award
Masters by Research (Environmental Management)
School of Natural Sciences
Computing, Health and Science
Dr. Andrea Hinwood
Glyphosate is a leaf-absorbed, systemic herbicide against a wide range of problem annual and perennial weeds that is widely used in crop production, general land management and home gardens. Though glyphosate is the most heavily used herbicide in Australia, its use is not monitored (ATSE, 2002). Controlled residue studies show that residues of glyphosate persist in food crops, creating the potential for a large number of people to be exposed (FAO/WHO, 1986; 2006b; U.S. EPA, 1993). Regulatory studies show that glyphosate per se is practically harmless to humans, wildlife and the environment; however, recent research indicates other ingredients in the formulation increase the toxicity and availability of glyphosate in animal cells, tissues and organs, raising concern for the safety of glyphosate on human health. While dietary exposure of the general population to glyphosate has been predicted, it has not been measured in regional surveillance or national total diet studies; neither has an exposure assessment been conducted in the residential setting (FSANZ, 2003; personal communication Cook (FSANZ), 2007; U.S. EPA, 1993; WHO, 1994).
McQueen, Heather L., "Estimation of prenatal exposure to glyphosate using maternal exposure assessment techniques" (2010). Theses: Doctorates and Masters. Paper 371.