Appetite for harmony in Myanmar

FOOD is the great leveller.

Former Launceston man David Hale and partner Meg Berryman are aiming to promote peace and tolerance in Myanmar by introducing the nation's first food truck.

The couple started raising funds last week for the social enterprise, estimated to cost about $US53,000.

Almost $14,000 has already been raised.

The food truck, Harmoneat, will serve sustainably sourced and healthy food derived from a range of ethnic traditions.

The business model sees all profits invested back into the business and cooking classes used to subsidise products sold.

Mr Hale and Ms Berryman hope that sharing food will enable people to have conversations about difference and tolerance.

``It is hoped that Harmoneat will become a national peace movement with trucks and products being sold across the country,'' Ms Berryman said.

``We want to change the paradigm a bit - we want individuals and communities to celebrate Myanmar's cultural diversity rather than see it as a negative.''

Mr Hale and Ms Berryman are optimistic about the country's future.

``We're seeing a lot of change in Myanmar right now,'' Mr Hale said.

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David Hale and partner Meg Berryman talk to locals in Myanmar.

David Hale and partner Meg Berryman talk to locals in Myanmar.


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