Not if it takes sucking up to the candidates, he couldn’t. According to this terrific interview on NPR’s Fresh Air,
after Pollan wrote his long piece in the New York Times Magazine calling for the hiring of a Farmer in Chief, one of the transition teams (and we can take a wild stab at which one) asked him to write a two-page summary of it. His response was "Do it yourself!" And the assertion that the article is as long as it needs to be. Cheeky, huh?
The interview also includes lots about food policy, which Pollan actually understands, and the story of his thwarted attempt to calculate the carbon footprint of the White House lawn. Turns out the amount of pesticides and fertilizers used on the thing is pretty much a state secret.