Worldwide demand for American-made sperm is on the rise - up by as much as 40 percent in the last five years. Perhaps the only thing better than this tidbit is the story's opening line: "America's hottest new export is made by hand."
Interviewing Scott Brown, a spokesman for California Cryobank, billed as "the largest sperm bank in the world," the story hypothesizes that the increased demand for American sperm is the result of "more liberal attitudes toward marriage and family taking root around the globe," in addition the United States' sperm-donation infrastructure, which allows men to donate anonymously, pays them well, and employs rigorous screening procedures to the benefit of sperm-donation recipients.
The story indicates U.S. sperm sales are most robust in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Israel, Australia, Chile, Spain and Sweden - with demand only anticipated to increase over time.
There will be an explosion in demand, no pun intended, around the world as other countries become more accepting of the nontraditional family. The U.S. fertility industry as a whole has shot up from $979 million in 1988 to what is predicted to be $4.3 billion in 2013.
h/t Stephen Colbert. I first saw about this from this funny segment.