If being a weirdo is a heritable trait, Trent Arsenault is making the world a much stranger place. He's a self-fashioned "free sperm donor," bestowing his super-powerful seed on needy couples. But the FDA wants to shut him down.
Since 2006, the 36-year-old Silicon Valley computer security expert and Naval Academy grad says he's helped more than a dozen couples get pregnant, out of the goodness of his heart, and a nerd Ghengis Kahn complex.
Trent's website, trentdonor.org, is a nauseau-inducing marvel. See the "organic sperm" section, where Trent expounds on the benefits of his all-natural diet and low carbon footprint. Trent was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article about people who eat extremely low-calorie diets in the hope of extending their lives; he's eaten the the same three meals every day for four years: A blueberry smoothie for breakfast and dinner, and a spinach salad for lunch. Perhaps that explains Trent's latest sperm count, scanned and posted on the site: "Trent's latest Sperm Count is at 202 Million/mL. The average male sperm count is 60 Million/mL."
Unfortunately for Arsenault, the FDA has deemed him a "manufacturer of human cells" (but aren't we all?) and has demanded he cease operation. He could face a $100,000 fine and a year in prison, according to the Mercury News.
While we can certainly understand the FDA's concern, we can't think of a better biological father than Trent Arsenault. Would you really rather trust some no-name who came in a cup for $50?
Human body parts and tissue are becoming as interchangeable as Legos, prompting cries for, among other things, a legalized kidney market. Is local, organic sperm the next big Thing? Couples fawning over their healthy, happy sperm donor like New York chefs over a piece of Brookstone Beef? Icelandic sperm imported and sold for outrageous mark-up at Whole Foods.
[Image via Trentdonor.org]