Contrary to how it is perceived by many U.S. grower-shippers, "Canada is an international market," she said.
Canada is on the verge of adopting a nationwide organic policy, she said. Currently, only the province of Quebec has such a policy.
Ogo cited Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and, to an extent, South Korea as emerging markets for organics, particularly for staples. But she warned that competition is tight.
Matt McInerney, executive vice president at Western Growers, Irvine, a co-host of the seminar, encouraged those interested in exporting to Canada or Mexico to consider joining the Ottawa-based Dispute Resolution Corp.
The Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, Vancouver, Wash., and the California League of Food Processors, Sacramento, also were seminar co-hosts, said Jeanne Ikemoto, program manager for COPES.
Another seminar, with different topics and speakers, is scheduled for November in Santa Rosa.