Dewayne Johnson is a terminally-ill man.
The 46-year-old is convinced that a common household weed killer is responsible for giving him cancer.
He has become the first person to take Roundup to trial.
He claims he was exposed to the chemical whilst working as groundskeeper for the school district in Benicia, California.
Johnson says he mixed and sprayed hundreds of gallons of Roundup to keep grass and weeds under control.
He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a cancer that starts in the white bloods cells – in August 2014, which has since spread.
Under California law, dying patients have a right to an speedy trial and Johnson’s began on Monday.
He Says Consumers Need To Be Warned
Johnson claims that an ingredient in Roundup causes cancer and manufacturer Monsanto did not adequately warn consumers.
The main ingredient in Roundup is a chemical compound called glyphosate.
Glyphosate is marketed either as a salt or an amber-colored liquid with no smell. Monsanto introduced it in 1974 as an effective way of killing weeds while leaving crops and plants intact.
Glyphosate-based products are sold in more than 160 countries. In 2017, California named glyphosate an ingredient that causes cancer under the state’s Proposition 65.
This means Roundup is obligated to carry a warning label if sold in California.
80% Of Johnson’s Body Is Covered In Legions
Monsanto filed an appeal after losing in court to block the California labeling, arguing that Roundup doesn’t cause cancer.
The company said the product has undergone rigorous testing and more than 800 studies have established its safety.
‘We have empathy for anyone suffering from cancer, but the scientific evidence clearly shows that glyphosate was not the cause,’ said Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of strategy, in a statement.
‘We look forward to presenting this evidence to the court.’
Meanhwhile Johnson is unable to speak or move on some days and 80 percent of his body is covered in lesions, reported CNN.
According to his doctors, there is ‘substantial medical doubt of survival beyond six months’.