Roughly 33 percent of the food produced in the world never reaches the mouths for which it was intended. Wealthy individuals waste more than they consume and even more, food spoils during transport. Roughly $1 trillion worth of food is annually tossed needlessly aside—causing a burden on the environment. This fact is even more morally disturbing considering the over 800 million people who go to bed hungry each day and the thousands who die because of hunger.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a continued effort to educate businesses and food entrepreneurs on proper food disposal, have established a food recovery hierarchy. The agency explains that although normal food disposal routines may reduce leftover waste, plenty of inedible components remain that cannot be reduced without proper composting.