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Just Economy Quiz:  How Much Do You Really Know?

  1. What is the current federal minimum wage in the U.S.?
    1. $4.25 per hour
    2. $6.72 per hour
    3. $7.25 per hour
    4. $10.00 per hour
  2. Which of the following will the proposed Raise the Wage Act do?
    1. Raise the federal minimum wage to $12.00 per hour by 2020 and gradually phase out the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers
    2. Encourage cities to follow the lead of other cities that have raised local wages because city workers need higher wages than non-city workers
    3. Raise the tipped minimum wage to $4.26 per hour, double what it is now
    4. Raise the federal minimum wage to $10.00 per hour, while protecting the restaurant industry by keeping the tipped minimum wage at its current level
  3. Including direct agricultural activities, land clearing and deforestation, food processing and transportation, and decomposition of waste, approximately what percentage of total greenhouse gas emissions is the industrial food and agriculture system responsible for?
    1. 10%
    2. 25%
    3. 50%
    4. 99%
  4. What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
    1. A massive global trade agreement that the U.S. is negotiating, largely in secret, along with eleven other countries, that is expected to have similar negative impacts as did NAFTA on farmers, working families and the environment, but on a much larger scale
    2. An agreement among ocean liners and cruise ships to allow more people to cross the Pacific ocean by boat, reducing their carbon footprint compared to flying
    3. A proposal to provide a safe place in the Pacific islands for transgender youth
    4. An agreement between Amazon.com and China to move goods more quickly from low-wage factories in China to Amazon.com’s fulfillment centers in the U.S.
  5. Because labor abuses, poor pay and terrible working conditions are a problem throughout apparel supply chains, especially in intermediary stages such as mills, Fair Trade USA developed a Fair Trade Factory label that audits which of the following?
    1. The entire supply chain, including farm, ginning mill, spinning factory, weaving/knitting factory, dying production and cut-and-sew factory
    2. Only those factories deemed highest risk for labor abuses, based on information supplied by manufacturers
    3. Of the 5-7 stages of a typical apparel supply chain, only the final cut-and-sew factory
    4. Nothing; brands may use the label if they simply believe fair trade is a good thing
  6. What percentage of our current carbon emissions could small-scale farmers sequester with a switch to organic, agroecological methods?
    1. 10%
    2. 50%
    3. 90%
    4. More than 100%
  7. When is the last time the federal tipped minimum wage, which is currently just $2.13 per hour, was raised?
    1. 1776
    2. 1991
    3. 2001
    4. 2011
  8. In Cambodia, where a living wage is calculated to be close to $400 per month, what is the minimum wage for garment workers?
    1. $30 per month
    2. $128 per month
    3. $303 per month
    4. $512 per month
  9. Which of the following is NOT a principle of fair trade?
    1. Democratic and transparent organizations
    2. Payment of a fair price to workers
    3. Favoring people power over technology
    4. Ensuring good working conditions
  10. Which of the following is a requirement for food that is certified organic?
    1. It must not include GMOs
    2. Farmers must get a fair price for it
    3. Farmworkers on certified organic farms must have better pay and working conditions than those on neighboring conventional farms
    4. It must meet strict nutritional requirements



1. (c) — The current federal minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25 per hour. To learn more about our minimum wage work and download a fact sheet, go to http://fairworldproject.org/campaigns/raising-the-minimum-wage/.

2. (a) — The Raise the Wage Act would raise the federal minimum wage to $12.00 per hour by 2020 and gradually bring the tipped wage in line with the regular wage. Take action to let Congress know you support this bill at http://tinyurl.com/FWPwage.

3. (c) — Combined activities related to the conventional agriculture system are responsible for up to half of all climate changing emissions. Watch our “Small-Scale Farmers Cool the Planet” video to learn more at http://fairworldproject.org/cool/.

4. (a) — The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive global trade agreement that the U.S. is negotiating, largely in secret, along with eleven other countries, that is expected to have similar negative impacts as did NAFTA on farmers, working families and the environment, but on a much larger scale. Learn more on our Trade Policy page at http://fairworldproject.org/campaigns/trade-policy/.

5. (c) — A brand may put a Fair Trade Factory label on a product even if only the final cut-and-sew stage is audited, skipping the previous 4-6 stages of production, including the farm. Read our full analysis of Fair Trade USA’s apparel program at http://tinyurl.com/FTUSAapparel.

6. (d) — According to a Rodale Institute report, small-scale farmers could sequester more than 100% of our current carbon emissions and start reducing the total level of CO2 in the atmosphere with a switch to widely available agroecological techniques. The report and other resources can be found on our Climate Policy page at http://fairworldproject.org/campaigns/climate-change/.

7. (b) — The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has been stagnant since 1991. Follow us on Twitter to learn more about what FWP and our allies are doing to change this at https://twitter.com/fairworldprj.

8. (b) — The minimum wage for garment workers in Cambodia, a country producing $2 billion in apparel for the U.S. each year, is $128 per month, far below a living wage. Our Resource Library has more information on the apparel sector at http://fairworldproject.org/resources/further-reading/sweat-free-apparel/.

9. (c) — Although putting people before profits and investing in appropriate technology are values of the fair trade movement, putting people power over technology is not a principle of fair trade. Learn more about fair trade principles at http://fairworldproject.org/about/movements/fair-trade/principles/.

10. (a) — Unfortunately, organic requirements do not address fair payments or other social justice criteria, but they do prohibit the use of GMOs. Follow us on Facebook, where we often share good articles on the organic and fair trade movements, as we build a more just economy at https://www.facebook.com/fairworldproject.