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In the first phase of the trial, a US jury found that weedkiller Roundup was a “substantial factor” in a California man’s cancerIn the first phase of the trial, a US jury found that weedkiller Roundup was a “substantial factor” in a California man’s cancer (AFP Photo/JOSH EDELSON)

San Francisco (AFP) – After finding that exposure to the weedkiller Roundup was a “substantial factor” in one man’s cancer, jurors in California must now grapple with the question of just how culpable the product’s manufacturer, agriculture giant Monsanto, was in his illness.

“It’s not a popularity contest,” the company’s lawyer told the jury Wednesday as phase two of the trial began, or a question of “do you like Monsanto or not.”

But instead, the jurors

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