Peru's economy has long run on the extraction of minerals from beneath the earth's surface. And that has come at a cost to the environment and the health of people. But environmental activists are heartened to see the government make tentative steps to rein in environmental excesses.
In Peru, the ascendancy of cooking with local ingredients and flavors has fueled a resurgence in local crops. Couple that with climate change that necessitates hardier plants and all of the sudden the native tubers and grains are becoming popular not only in Peru, but around the world.
Peru has one of the most varied food cultures in the world. Not long ago, many of the country's indigenous crops were falling out of favor. Reporter Cynthia Graber recently met with two men working to reverse that trend in very different ways.
This might just be a case of "don't knock it until you try it." Guinea pig, or "cuy" in Spanish, is a delicacy in parts of Latin America. But just how hard is it to find good quality cuy in the United States?
A deal signed by the US and China last month was not only the first major climate agreement that China has signed: It's also setting an example as the world prepares to hash out a new climate deal in 2015, giving much-needed momentum to talks currently taking place in Peru.
The global climate talks in Lima, Peru, were a disappointment for activists. But, for the first time, almost 200 countries, rich and poor, agreed in principle to cut their emissions. And there could be reason for optimism about next year's even-bigger talks in Paris.
Not all publicity is good publicity. Greenpeace learned that last month when activists placed yellow letters next to Peru's Nazca Lines. The stunt outraged Peruvians. Now Greenpeace has named the members behind the stunt.