Columbia University Suspects Massive Nutella Theft

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Columbia University's Nutella expense is $5,000 per week.

A dining hall at Columbia Univeristy is going through up to 100 pounds of Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread everyday, which amounts to a cost of 5 thousand dollars a week.

The high rate of consumption may be blamed, in part, on students stealing whole jars of the spread.

Another reason the students are going through so much Nutella may also have to do with waste.

The cost of a food plan at the University is over 2 thousand dollars per semester, which may lead the students to feel entitled to taking as much Nutella as they want, and putting more food on their plate than they can really consume.

According to Columbia College Student Council representatives, the fall of 2012 was the most wasteful semester on record when it came to actual food being tossed out, instead of eaten.

Other universities are trying to make their cafeterias more sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

For instance, Yale University has a Sustainable Food Project that includes an organic farm on campus and community education and service programs.