San Francisco — In the first trial of its kind, a Californian dying of cancer is suing US agrochemical giant Monsanto, claiming its popular herbicide Roundup caused his disease — a case that could have sweeping ramifications. The stakes are high for Monsanto, which could face massive losses should it have to pay out damages over the product, whose main ingredient is glyphosate, a substance that some say is dangerously carcinogenic. Dewayne Johnson, a father of two, said he was sick because of contact with Roundup, which he used for two years from 2012 as a groundskeeper for the Benicia school district near San Francisco, his lawyer Timothy Litzenburg said. Thousands of lawsuits targeting Monsanto are currently proceeding through the US court system, according to American media. Litzenburg says he represents hundreds of people who also say they are victims of glyphosate. Whether the substance causes cancer has been the source of endless debate among government regulators, health expe...

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